"All the best stories in the world are but one story in reality -- the story of escape. It is the only thing which interests us all and at all times, how to escape."
--Author Christopher Benson



Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Miss Julia Rocks The Cradle by Ann B. Ross

Jacket Design
 by Roseanne J.Serra
Jacket Illustration
by Mary Ann Lasher
Published for Viking
By The Penguin Group
Release Date: April 5, 2011
ISBN-10: 0670022551
ISBN-13: 978-0670022557

Just a little history of this series: 
When Hazel Marie Puckett and her nine-year-old son, Little Lloyd, show up on Julia Springer's doorstep in Abbotsford, North Carolina, Miss Julia receives the shock of her long and proper life. After 44 years of marriage to pillar-of-church-and-community Wesley Lloyd Springer, she discovers that while she had assumed he was working late at the family bank, he was engaged in other, more carnal, pursuits. For, as Hazel Marie shyly explains, Little Lloyd is Miss Julia's late husband's son.

In this book (#12) Hazel Marie twins are due at any time, a big snowstorm is headed for Abbottsville, Julia and her husband Sam have a tiff about Miss Julia keeping secrets from him and Miss Julia is hauled to the police station after she starts bouncing checks all over town.  If that isn't enough a dead body is found in a shed on the property of one of Lloyd's teachers.  Miss Julia has her hands full in this one!

I have loved this series from the very first book.  Ann B. Ross' writes this series in such away that you become part of the family.  It really tackled a dicey issue from the start, how many widows would take in their husband's mistress and their son and handle it with such grace?  It takes the terms "extended family" to a whole new level and the reader is included every step of the way.  

Each book has a new hurdle and each one is a true joy to read.  The mystery part, while the driving force to each new story, is just one part of the puzzle, the development and interaction of the characters are really what makes these stories entertaining. Miss Julia's dry wit can only come from the author herself. All the other characters are true to life, people from any neighborhood with a little bit of southern flair,including the eccentric Mr. Thurlow Jones.

This series needs to be read in order so if you haven't been drawn into this wonderful series before start with Miss Julia Speaks Her Mind.  If you are already a fan you will love this book, including the birth of Hazel Marie's twins. You can pre-order yours today.
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Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the Viking, A Division of the Penguin Group. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 : “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.” 

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